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Online Concert: Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow

22 April 2021
19:00 - 20:00

Will be screened online – https://youtu.be/dyA4CVyoLww

Alexander Karpeyev – Grand Piano by Jakob Becker, c.1879, St. Petersburg

Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow
70 years of Russian piano miniature

Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894)
Mélodie, Op. 3, No.2 (1852)

Ivan Laskovsky (1799-1855)
Penseé figutive, Op. 28 (1830s)
Impromptu in F Minor (1830s)

Frédéric Liszt (1811-1886)
Le Rossignol (Air russe de A. Alyabyev) from ‘Deux Mélodies russes’ (1853)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Nocturne, Op. 19, No.4 (1873)
Scherzo humoristique, Op. 19, No.2 (1873)
Thème original et variations, Op. 19, No.6 (1873)

Georgy Catoire (1861-1926)
Rêverie, Op. 6, No.1 (1897)
Prélude, Op. 6, No.2 (1897)

Nikolay Medtner (1880-1951)
Märchen (Tale), Op. 14, No.2, ‘March of Paladin’ (1905-07)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Coronation March, arr. Tchaikovsky (1883)

With introduction by Alec Cobbe.

Alexander Karpeyev is a Russian pianist, who is resident in the UK and has performed throughout the UK and Europe and has also toured in the USA, Canada and Russia. ‘Sasha’ trained at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In 2014 he completed a performance practice doctoral degree at the City University, based on the Edna Iles Medtner Collection at the British Library.

‘Sasha’ is passionate about communicating his ideas on Romantic 19th and early 20th century piano repertoire, and in particular exploring the works of virtuoso pianist-composers. A Medtner specialist, he became deeply immersed in Medtner’s music and approach to music-making while working on his doctoral degree, and his contact with unique performing practice informs his own playing. In 2019 he gave the Algerian première of Chopin’s F minor Concerto with the Algerian National Opera Orchestra under Maestro Amine Kouider.

He devotes considerable time to promoting Russian music in London as the Music Curator of the ‘Pushkin House Music Salon’ in Bloomsbury, where he appears both as a soloist and collaborator with guest artists. He also has a mission to devise and direct music festivals that combine performance and scholarship.

‘Sasha’s latest project is a CD of Medtner Songs, Opp. 36-7, 45-6, recorded with the Russian soprano Sofia Fomina, offering the first complete version of Opp. 36 and 46, with Russian texts by Pushkin, Tyutchev and Fet, and German texts by Goethe, Eichendorff and Chamisso; it was released by Chandos Records in 2021.

Karpeyev remains deeply grateful for the support of the Stiftung Lyra (Zürich), Guildhall School Trust, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Hattori Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust, English Speaking Union, Fidelio Charitable Trust, Solti Foundation, Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust, Jaques Samuel Pianos, his family, friends and numerous anonymous donors.

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22 April 2021
19:00 - 20:00
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